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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 December 2010 (Chile)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ... See full summary »

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Yony Leyser

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Aldrich Fred Aldrich ... Himself
Laurie Anderson ... Herself
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Victor Bockris Victor Bockris ... (archive footage)
William S. Burroughs ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold Chapman Harold Chapman
David Cronenberg ... Himself
Dennis M. Dailey Dennis M. Dailey ... (as Dr. Dennis M. Dailey)
Diane DiPrima Diane DiPrima ... Herself
Marcus Ewert Marcus Ewert
America Ferrera ... Herself - Hostess
Allen Ginsberg ... (archive footage)
John Giorno John Giorno
James Grauerholz James Grauerholz ... (archive footage)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he struggled throughout his life with addiction, control systems, and self. He was forced to deal with the tragedy of killing his wife and the repercussions of neglecting his son. His novel, Naked Lunch, was one of the last books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had an important social value. It remains one of the most recognized literary works of the 20th century. William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences. Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come. However, his friends were left wondering,... Written by Yony Leyser

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Country:

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Language:

English

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12 December 2010 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

William S. Burroughs na wylot See more »

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Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,510, 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,380, 6 February 2011
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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A gem about Burroughs the man: most insightful, moving film
17 October 2010 | by cuthebullSee all my reviews

Most insightful look into this multi dimensional brilliant, troubled, and troubling writer, as his friends, artists, fans, ex-lovers, experienced him, took from him, and gave him. His bizarre as well as very humane sides are are depicted in very thoughtful, some moving, interviews by John Waters, Genesis o'porridge, Patti Smith, Peter Weller,Iggi Pop, Laurie Anderson, and many other artists who were fascinated by his original, pattern- breaking style. Some interviews had to do with Burroughs daring, resilient character as he dared to confront the world of the 50's as a queer, who stripped the veil of hypocrisy from society before and during the Vietnam era with a piercing writing style. While observing himself become a hopeless addict, he was able to address his addiction as a metaphor for society's maladies in some transcending way... Killing his wife, Not being able to emotionally connect with his troubled son, fearful of love, he was described by genesis as "a sad man". This is the first Documentary depicting Burroughs as the complex man he was, defying every and any category of affiliation...meticulously done, a master-piece you want to watch more than once...


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